Skin Cancer and Indoor Tanning

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The misperceptions and deception around indoor tanning is pervasive. Despite the industry's claims of "healthy and attractive skin," the science is very clear.  The ultraviolet (UV) radiation caused by indoor tanning beds is proven to cause skin cancer.   

We're working in state legislatures across the country to prohibit teenagers - and anyone under age 18 - from using tanning beds, booths and other indoor tanning devices.  Skin cancer remains the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the nation and results in nearly 14,000 deaths per year. 

One in nine high school girls have used a tanning device.

Latest Updates

April 17, 2019
Missouri

Today, the Missouri House General Laws Committee approved a bill to prohibit young people under age 18 from using indoor tanning devices. Emily Kalmer, Missouri government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, released the following statement in response:

April 10, 2019
Missouri

Nearly 100 cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state gathered in Jefferson City today to urge lawmakers to protect young people from skin cancer and increase funding for cancer prevention programs.

April 5, 2019
Montana

HELENA, Mont. – April 5, 2019—The House Judiciary Committee has blocked a key public health bill from being voted on by the full House. Senate Bill (SB) 21 would restrict minors from indoor tanning. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the Montana Academy of Dermatology speak

April 3, 2019
Missouri

Nearly 100 cancer survivors, caregivers and their families from across the state will gather in Jefferson City next week to urge lawmakers to protect young people from skin cancer and prioritize funding for cancer prevention programs.

Skin Cancer and Indoor Tanning Resources

ACS CAN comments on the FDA proposed rule amending the technical and labeling requirements for sunlamp manufacturers and tanning facilities.

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